I just purchased the URL FHIAL.com (fail) Florida Home Inspectors Against Licensing and am in the process of setting it up as a blog. I am also considering opening up a NACHI chapter under the same name. You do not need to be a Florida resident to join as it will be a virtual chapter for all those opposed to home inspector licensing.
If licensing is repealed in Florida this website will document the process so that other people around the country can have a model for working against licensing in your their state.
Maybe I just don’t get it. I do understand the reasons why you have a problem with the issues of grandfathering, and I don’t think that the best way was that easy to figure out because there isn’t one way to determine who is qualified. But what I don’t get is why you are so against being licensed and being considered a professional by tghe public. The only rerason we ever lose work instead of gain due to being licensed is because the public views unlicensed as being cheaper.
Preston, I think you don’t grasp what we are saying and the reason is because YOU ARE a contractor. Listen first.
You had to prove that you had, what 4 years experience. Provide financial statements have a net worth between $2500 and $20,000 depending on the license.
Buy books that cost about $1,000 and take a 2 day test.
When people hire you for a remodel they most likely ask if your a licensed professional and which you say, yes. THEY ASSUME this means you meet a higher criteria and the govement has prescreened you as a competent professional.
So now people will ASSUME that inspectors had to go through a similar criteria for their license and assume they are all on equal ground.
I think you personally got your qualifications through FL NACHI, I THINK, maybe I am wrong. But if I am right, did you find the test as a “qualification” to become a home inspector? Would you have a person who has passed that test be the criteria you are looking for to inspect your personal house? Could a 5th grader with a days prep not pass that test?
The public ASSUMES the goverment is watching out for them and the public ASSUMES that the LICENSE is a qualification.
It is much easier for those who are comptent and professional to say, HEY WATCH OUT there is no licensing in Florida and go strictly by the qualifications and not wether they are licensed or not. For some reason most people find the license alone as the primary qualification.
I do undertand that point and I have always agreed with it. Every profession in florida went through grandfathering and that is what I am getting at. Grandfathering is always a struggle and when contractors where grandfathered they didn’t need what you talk about. I did but I wasn’t grandfathered.
I agree with everything you say as to the weakness of the license as it stands. However I don’t think the thing to do is trash it all together. Instead I believe we should work to make it better. Hell, we could fix all of this with a real dead line to grandfathering, real experience requirements and a proper SOP. IF we can obtain that then we raise the profession.
Trash it all together. Let each person stand on their own merit. Keep the government out of every possible aspect of our businesses. you DO NOT NEED THE PAPER FOR ANYTHING ALL IT DOES IS COST YOU ALL MONEY AND TIME AND THEN YOU HAVE TO DO THINGS IN YOU BUSINESS BECAUSE OTHERS SAY SO. i PERSONALLY DO NOT THINK THERE IS ANY CHANCE OF US GETTING LUCKY ENOUGH TO REMOVE HOME INSPECTOR LICENSING BUT IN A PERFECT WORLD i WOULD BE VERY HAPPY NOT TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE STATE. SORRY BOUT THE CAPS i TYPED IT ALL LOOKING AT THE KEYBOARD.
Really that would be fine with me, I have a GC who would cover my business, but the state is also looking at totally eliminating GC licensing too. There are 44 categories of licensing the state is looking at eliminating… Mold & Home Inspectors top the list, but GC are being considered too. :mrgreen:
Shame you missed the Friday meeting when that information was disseminated.